12 days in Brazil, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

12 days in Brazil, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

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12 days in Brazil, Peru & Ecuador Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Ouro Preto, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Tiradentes, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Brasilia, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 1 night
+4
Fly + taxi + bus + foot + train:  16​h
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly + train:  8​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia, United States

1
night
Ouro Preto, Brazil

Ouro Preto ©
Designated a World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Baroque architecture, the city of Ouro Preto served as the state capital until local governance outgrew the scale of this pleasant valley settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, see the interesting displays at Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio), don't miss a visit to Praca Tiradentes, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Betrayal, and finally take an in-depth tour of Casa dos Contos.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouro Preto route maker tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Ouro Preto is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Ouro Preto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ouro Preto, with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Tiradentes.

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Church of Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Church of Sao Francisco de Assis
Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar ©
Casa dos Contos ©
Casa dos Contos

1
night
Tiradentes, Brazil

Tiradentes ©
Named after the revolutionary hero who was born here, Tiradentes has become known for its well-preserved colonial-era architecture and scenic mountain location.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Rosario dos Pretos church, then see the interesting displays at Museu de Sant'Ana, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santo Antonio Church.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tiradentes trip planning tool .

Drive from Ouro Preto to Tiradentes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ouro Preto in May: high temperatures in Tiradentes hover around 71°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Tiradentes

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Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis
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Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis ©
Igreja de Sao Francisco de Assis
Our Lady of Rosario dos Pretos church ©

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach and then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally explore and take pictures at Maracanã.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tiradentes to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tiradentes in May, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Brasilia.

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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

1
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Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
On the 30th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, then don't miss a visit to Praca dos Tres Poderes, then explore and take pictures at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo da Boa Vontade.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brasilia trip itinerary site .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May since evenings lows in Brasilia dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto Seguro.

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Templo da Boa Vontade ©
Templo da Boa Vontade
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha ©
Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha

1
night
Porto Seguro, Brazil

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora da Pena, take an in-depth tour of Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora da Ajuda Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Porto Seguro road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Brasilia to Porto Seguro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Porto Seguro, with lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

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Nossa Senhora da Ajuda Church ©
Nossa Senhora da Ajuda Church
Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora da Pena ©
Memorial da Epopeia do Descobrimento ©

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night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 2nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu tour builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Porto Seguro to Machu Picchu takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto Seguro to Machu Picchu is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): wander the streets of San Blas, delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and then contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cusco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cusco

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Cusco Region
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

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night
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Quito road trip planning app .

Fly from Cusco to Quito in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in June since evenings lows in Quito dip to 59°F. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

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